Castleton Honors Program

The Honors Program provides high-achieving students with a stimulating academic experience and the opportunity to become part of a supportive community of peers and professors.

This program is open to:

  • First-year students who qualify for the Honors Scholarship or are otherwise invited to participate in the Honors Program.
  • Students who have been awarded the Academic Recognition Scholarship, or
  • Students who qualify for the Distinguished Scholars’ Certificate program.

Honors students complete 12 credits of Honors courses, chosen from the following list:

  • An Honors-designated First Year Seminar
  • HON1010 Great Ideas in the Castleton Curriculum
    A course that delves into topics such as the nature of knowledge, the power of art, theories of space and time, and the goals of feminism.
  • ENG2270 Honors Touchstones 
    A special Honors version of our introduction to great literature, including a representative sampling of Biblical, Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, and modern modes of thought, feeling, and expression.
  • HON 2020 Special Topics in Honors – courses intended to ignite the intellectual curiosity of advanced students and challenge them to explore in depth a range of intriguing subjects and perspectives. (Two sections are offered each semester)

Honors Courses Fall 2019 

Honors FYS sections:      
ANT 1010 C01 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Tues/Thurs 8-9:15 AM Paul Derby
COM 1150 C02 Introduction to Cinema Studies Monday 2-5 PM Michael Talbott
HIS 1710 C01 Citizenship in a Global Context M/W/F 1-1:50 PM Patrica Van der Spuy
HON 2020 CO1 Mushrooms, Mind, and World M/W 3:30-4:45 PM Brendon Lalor
HON 2020 C02 Crime and Detective Fiction Tues/Thurs 8-9:15 AM Bill Wiles

First-year honors students may take advantage of priority registration – the opportunity to sign up for classes earlier than other students. Additionally, honors students have the option of living in Honors housing.  Honors housing is staffed by two Community Advisors (who are Honors students) and features special programming, such as guest speakers, field trips, and barbecues.

Honors students may join the student-run Honors Council, which meets periodically to develop Honors programming and address concerns of Honors students. Honors students may also apply for the Distinguished Scholars Certificate.